Following the great success and readership of our Darley Stallion features in the summer, this article features several more stallions based in the Newmarket area; including some of the latest colts leaving trainers and going to stud for 2020.
The stallions listed below is our selection of some of the current stallions standing at stud in or near Newmarket in 2020. It is interesting to note how the industry has changed in recent years with far fewer studs actually standing stallions. Even throughout the rest of the UK, the number of studs standing stallions has great reduced in the last ten years or so.
Aclaim – born 2013 – Group 1 winner and unbeaten at two
Aclaim won at two years over 6 furlongs. At three he won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket before at four years, winning his Group 1 in France, The Prix de la Foret and the Group 2 Park Stakes, both over 7 furlongs. At three, he was the highest ever rated colt by his sire Acclamation. He won 7 races from 2 to 4 years. His dam Aris was stakes placed and she is the half sister to Irish 100 gunineas winner Again. Aclaim is from the same family at 2000 Guinea winner Galileo Gold. His first crop are now foals. Aclaim stands at The National Stud for a fee of £9,500 in 2020.
Bobby’s Kitten – born 2011 – USA raced – Winner of Breeders Cup Sprint at 3
Bobby’s Kitten raced in the United States where he won six races including the only horse to win the Group 1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint over six furlongs as a three year old. He mainly won over a mile including the Penn Mile stakes and the Group 3 Pilgrim Stakes over I mile and 1 furlong at two. He was considered to be a miler, but with the speed to sprint. He won over 1.5 million dollars in prize money. Unsurprisingly, he is a totally USA bred stallion. He is by Kitten’s Joy out of Celestial Woods by Forestry. Celestial Woods won three times herself and is the dam of six winners, all full brothers by Kitten’s Joy including Major Magic, Believe in Kitten and Camelot Kitten. Booby’s Kitten has his first runners in 2010. He is the only son of six times champion Kitten’s Joy to stand at stud in either England or Ireland. He stands at Landwades Stud for a fee of £15,000.
Eqtidaar – born 2015 – Group 1 Royal Ascot winner
Eqtidaar won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Ascot at three years. He also won at two. He goes to stud for his first season in 2020. He had one start at four years. He is by Invincible Spirit out of Madnay who is by Acclamation. Madnay was the winner of two races at two and is also the dam of Massaat dual Group 1 winner of the Dewhurst Stakes at two and the 2000 Guineas at three together with other group races. Eqtidaar is to stand at Nunnery Stud for an opening fee of £6.500.
Expert Eye – born 2015 – Won the Breeders Cup Mile. First foal due 2020
Expert Eye won the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at two before winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in record time at three. His last race was his victory in the Breeders Cup Mile Group 1 in the USA. His is by Acclamation out of Exempify by Dansili. He is the fourth generation of this family to be bred and raced by Khalid Abdullah. Exemplify ran four times in France and won once. Expert Eye had his first season at Banstead Manor Stud in 2019 and in 2020 his fee is £20,000.
Frankel – born 2008 – Champion Unbeaten Race Horse and Champions Sire
Frankel is considered by very many to be the best racehorse to grace the sport. He ran fourteen times and won fourteen times among them nine Group 1 races including the classic 2000 Guineas after which at both three and four, all his races were Group 1 and he won them all. It is quite a remarkable record from a great horse trained by a great trainer Henry Cecil who is sadly no longer with us. As a sire, Frankel has been equally spectacular. This year alone, he is the sire of five Group 1 winners including two British Classic winners. 28% of his winners are Black Type, a truly astonishing record in itself. Frankel is by the hugely successful Galileo out of Kind by Danehill. Frankel stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £175,000
Kingman – born 2011 – Four Times Group 1 Winner at a Mile
Kingman was Champion Miler at three years. He won the Irish 2000 Guineas before adding the St James Palace Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and the Prix de Haras de Fresnay le Buffard, quite a feat to win one Group 1 race after another in three different countries. At stud, Kingman has been very prolific. This year he is the champion second season sire with a classic winner Persian King as well as another five group winners. His stock have always been very commercial with 2 million pound yearlings and an average price of £317,000 from the 59 yearlings sold in 2019. Kingman is the best son of Invincible Spirit out of Zelda by Zamander. He stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £75,000 for the 2020 season.
Masar – born 2015 – Won Epsom Derby and Group winner at 2
Masar won the Epsom Derby in 2018, his best effort on the race course. He won another three races in his career which was cut short after his Derby win. Although he stayed in training as a four year old, he never really let down again after that injury, so we probably never quite saw the best of the horse. At two, he won the Group 3 Solario Stakes. Masar is by New Approach and out of a Cape Cross mare Khawtah a three times winner including two Group contests in Dubai. Masar is to stand hs first season at stud at Dalham Hall Stud under the Darley Banner at a fee of £15,000.
Mayson – born 2008 – winner of 5 races including the July Cup Gr 1
Mayson was a prolific sprinter won races at 2 and 4 years. His best win was The July Cup (Group 1) over 6 furlongs by 5 lengths. He also won the Group 3 Palace House Stakes over minimum distance 5 furlongs. He was second in the Group 1 Prix de l’abbey at Longchamp. Mayson is the highest rated sprinter by his sire Invincible Spirit. Invincible Spirit has become a sire of sires with several of his top race horses becoming very successful sires in their own right. Mayson is out of a Pivotal mare Mayleaf, and Mayson was her only foal. He is the sire of six pattern race winners together with a host of other winners besides. He was bred at The Cheveley Park Stud where he now stands at a fee of £5000.
Muhaarar – born 2012 – Champion European Sprinter
Muhaarar won four group 1 races including the Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot, The July Cup and Commonwealth Cup and finally the Prix Maurice de Ghest in Deauville; all over six furlongs. He was unbeaten at three adding a further group race to his tally the Greenham Stakes. At two he won the Gimcrack Stakes. Muhaarar is by Oasis Dream and out of a Linamix mare Tahrir, a winner herself and also the dam of a second pattern horse Sajwar. Muhaarar has his first two year olds on the course in 2019 and has had 12 winners. He stands at Nunnery Stud for a fee of £20,000
Mukhadram – born 2000 – Group 1 winner by sire of the moment Shamadaal.
Mukhadram raced at three, four and five years winning five times including the Coral Eclipse Stakes Group 1 at four years. He also won a further two group races. He is by Shamadaal, this year’s top winner sire at Royal Ascot. Mukhadram is out of Magic Tree, unraced herself but dam of three winners at stud. She is by the USA sire Timber Country. A real plus for this stallion is that he has no Northern Dancer/Saddlers Wells/Galileo blood, something that is becoming a rarity in thoroughbred pedigrees these days! He went to stud in 2015 and has thus far sired 60 winners, two of which are group winners. Mukhadram sells well and is standing at Nunnery Stud for a fee of £6,000 for 2020.
Nathaniel – born 2008 – Group 1 winner and sire of the magnificent Enable
Nathaniel ran once at two and then won three times at three including the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group 1. He also won the King Edward VII stakes at Royal Ascot. At four years he won the Coral Eclipse Stakes, Group 1 and was also placed second in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes. He is by the great Galileo and out of a group winning Silver Hawk mare Magnificent Style. She won the Group 3 Musidora Stakes and is dam of eight stakes winners including 3 at Group 1 level. Nathaniel’s best off spring without doubt the brilliant Enable. He is also the sire of two classic winners in Italy and France with God Given and Chanel. He is the sire of 35 stakes winners. He stands at The Newsells Park Stud for a fee of £25,000 for 2020.
Oasis Dream – born 2000 – Group 1 winner and Champions sire of Sprinters
Oasis Dream must be one of the last sons of Green Desert alive today. Despite being 20 years old, it is hoped he will cover a full book of mares in 2020. He won three Group 1 races and was a brilliant sprinter winning both the July Cup and the Nunthorpe Stakes. At two he also won his first Group 1, The Middle Park Stakes. As a sire, he has made even more of a mark. He is the sire of no less than 190 stakes horses. He is the top sire of sprinters in Europe for the last ten years. He is by Green Desert out of a Dancing Brave mare Hope. Hope interestingly is also the dam of Zenda, the dam of new successful sire Kingman. Both were bred and raced by Khalid Abdulla. Oasis Dream stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £30,000 for 2020.
Sea The Moon – born 2011 – Won the German Derby by 11 lengths.
Sea The Moon won four races in Germany, including the German Derby at Hamburg Group 1. He won a further two Group races at Cologne and Frankfurt. He was second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden Baden. He is by the well known and successful Sea The Stars, sire of Stradivarius, 2019 Champion European Stayer and Crystal Ocean Group 1 winner in 2019 and many others. Sea The Moon’s dam is Sanwa by Monsun. She is the full sister to three classic winners, Salva Regina, Schiaparelli and Samum. Sea The Moon is the 2019 second season Champion sire with 50 individual winners including German Champion two year old Wonderful Moon in 2019 and the same for 2018 with Noble Moon. Sea The Moon stands at Landwades Stud for a fee of £15,000.
Sir Percy – born 2003 – Won the Epsom Derby and four other races
Of the older generation, Sir Percy won the Epsom Derby Group 1. At two years, he won his first Group 1 race, The Dewhurst Stakes. He is only one of eight horses to achieve the Dewhurst/Derby double in the past 40 years. He also won the Vintage Stakes, (Group 2) and he was second in the 2000 Guineas. His is by Mark of Esteem out of Percy’s Lass by Blakeney. He is the last representative pf the Mill Reef line at stud in either England or Ireland. As a sire, Sir Percy has been a consistent sire of pattern races and is the sire of 78 2 year old winners. He has a 60% lifetime winners to runners. He stands at Landwades Stud for a fee of £8,000.
Study of Man – born 2015 – Winner of the French Derby.
Study of Man won the French Derby Group 1 and The Prix de Greffulhe Group 3 at 3 and won his only run at 2 the Prix As d’Atout over a mile. At 4 he was second in two Group 1 races, The Prix Ganay and the Prix d’Ispahan. He is by Deep Impact, the very successful horse who won several Group 1’s in Japan and was a very successful sire in Japan. He is the only son of Deep Impact to stand at stud in England. Stud of Man os out of Second Happiness by Storm Cat. He is a complete out cross to Norther Dancer stallions, something which is hard to find in the European Stallion Book! Study of Man won over 1 million pounds in prize money and stand his first season at stud at Landwades Stud for a fee of £8,000.
Tasleet – born 2013 – Winner of 5 races including at Group 2
Tasleet was a consistently tough sprinter, winning 5 races at 2, 3 and 4 years, including the Duke of York Stakes (Group 2) the Greenham Stakes and the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury. He is by the young and successful Showcasing, who is by Oasis, and out of Bird Key by Cadeaux Genereux. His dam line is full of successful sprinters including the Champion Sprinter of 2019 Battash. He has his first foals in 2020 and stands at Nunnery Stud for a fee of £6,000
Too Darn Hot – born 2016 – Champion two year old Group 1 winner at 3
Too Darn Hot is a colt this web site has mentioned on numerous times. He was Champion two year old winning the Dewhurst Stakes Group 1 in scintillating style. His victory in that race made him hot favourite for this year’s classics, but it was not to be due to an interruption in his training in the early spring. He was un-beaten at two. At three, after an interruption in his training in the early spring, he had to miss the 2000 Guineas and ran in the Dante Stakes where he was unexpectedly beaten. He did win twice at three, once in France, in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, and secondly in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood; both Group 1 races over a mile. Too Darn Hot is by the great stallion Dubawi and out of a top mare Da Rai Me by Singspiel, a group 1 winner herself on three occasions. Not surprisingly, Too Darn Hot is to stand at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £50,000 for his first season in 2020.
Twilight Son – born 2012 – winner of 6 races including 2 Group 1 races.
Twilight Son won the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, also a Group 1. He was second in the Champions Sprint on Champions day at Ascot in 2016. He won a further four races at 2, 3 and 4 years. All his race wins were over 6 furlongs. He is by the successful sprinting sire Kyllachy who in turn was sired by the great Pivotal. His dam Twilight Mistress won 3 races and has six foals of racing age, all six winners including three of them being pattern race victors. Twilight Son went to stud in 2017 and his first runners are expected in 2020. His yearlings sold well with the top price of £130,000 – not bad for a stud fee of £7,000 for 2020. He stands at Cheveley Park Stud.
Ulysses – born 2013 – won very nearly £2 million including at Group 1
Ulysses won two Group 1 races, Juddmonte International Stakes and the Coral Eclipse Stakes both over 1 ¼ miles. He raced at 3 and 4 years and won a total of five races. He was second in The King George and Queen Elizabeth stakes over 1 ½ miles and was third in both the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and Prince of Wales Stakes. Ulysses is by the great Galileo, producer of countless Group 1 winners and champion sire more times than most would care to remember. Ulysses is out of the Kingmambo classic winning mare Light Shift. She won the Oaks at Epsom, Ulysses has his first foals on the ground in 2019 and stands at the Cheveley Park Stud for a fee of £17,000 for 2020.
Images Courtesy of Bernard Simpson, Cheveley Park Stud, Newsells Park Stud, The National Stud and Banstead Manor Stud